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By today's standards, life was quiet in Dickens' era. Railways existed, but cars, trucks, planes, radio,  movies, and television didn't exist. Most shops and places of public entertainment closed early. No  crackling neon signs put any "buzz" in the night. At night, one could read or play cards — provided  one could afford to burn the oil or candles; it was cheaper and easier to be inactive from sundown to  sunup. On Sundays, everything was closed but the church doors and the park gates. Far fewer  people were tyrannized by the deadlines that today's technology has made the rule of the workplace. As a result of this slower pace of life, Victorian people generally had what contemporary  psychologists call a "low threshold" — meaning that in order to feel pleasantly stimulated, they didn't  require loud, gaudy, psychedelic, fast-moving, or ever-changing stimuli. Young people had, as 
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  • Fall '08
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  • stimuli. Young people, completely unsensational activity, certain patience. Time, change. Rampant industrialization, difficulties. Urban crowding

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